In the U.S., peanut butter-inspired confections remind us of our childhood. Restaurant chefs have been known to playfully incorporate it into desserts from pie to pot de crème. For the French, it is chocolate-hazelnut spread that deliciously recaptures that essence of being a kid. This simple but sinful recipe using organic, all-natural Nocciolata and Fiordifrutta is based on Dorie Greenspan’s “Nutella Tartine” from her cookbook, Around My French Table.
Even if you didn’t grow up in France, I’m sure you appreciate the wonderful marriage of chocolate and hazelnuts. We certainly do!
Dorie Greenspan’s Nutella Tartine
1/4 cup Nocciolata
4 slices brioche bread or challah
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup Spread Seville Orange Fiordifrutta
Fleur de sel (or any coarse salt)
Coarsely chopped toasted blanched hazelnuts, for topping
Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet or the broiler pan with aluminum foil.
Put the Nocciolata in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and heat, stirring frequently, just until it is softened and warm.
Brush one side of each slice of bread with melted butter, and put the bread, buttered side up, on the baking sheet. Run the bread under the broiler; pull it out when the slices are golden. Spread the fruit spread over the hot bread and then, using the tines of a fork, generously drizzle each tartine with some warm Nocciolata. Top with a few grains of fleur de sel and some chopped hazelnuts.
Makes 4 servings.
About the Ingredients
Rigoni di Asiago’s’ Nocciolata chocolate-hazelnut spread: Each batch takes 36 hours of artisanal preparation, which combines top-quality hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil, natural vanilla extract, raw cane sugar, and skimmed milk. contains no palm oil (which is high in saturated fat and whose cultivation devastates the environment), hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, aromas or additives. They also have a dairy free version (Nocciolata Dairy Free) that contains no milk and is certified vegan
Fiordifrutta fruit spread: Each jar contains over three pounds of perfectly ripened organic, non-GMO fruit and is sweetened with only organic apple juice (no sugars added). A low-temperature production process not only best preserves the nutrients and flavors of the fruit, but also significantly reduces the natural sugar content, yielding 30% fewer calories than most other brands. It is the only three-ingredient (fruit, apple juice, and pectin) fruit spread on the market and is available in a wide range of flavors.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Rigoni di Asiago’s’ Nocciolata and Around My French Table.*